Street Paws Trustees

Michelle Southern - Founder & Director

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Michelle founded Street Paws in April 2016 in Newcastle.  Volunteering with a soup kitchen she saw a dog one night.  She couldn't stop thinking about the dog and his owner, and realised that there was little or no veterinary support for people living on the streets. 


 Working, at the time, in a veterinary practice as a practice manager she rallied a team of three volunteers and Street Paws was born.  Now running the charity full time Michelle has expanded the charity across the UK. 


There are many challenges facing people who have no other choice to rough sleep.  If we can take away their worries surrounding their companion animals health it is a massive relief to that person.  It is an honour and privilege to be leading the charity into new areas and we plan to be operating in all areas where there is a need.

Rachel Spencer - Social Media & Publicity Volunteer

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Rachel Spencer is our social media and publicity volunteer. Rachel is a freelance journalist and publicity consultant and writes about animals and the pet industry for national newspapers and magazines. 


She is passionate about highlighting stories about animal welfare and blogs about pets at www.thepawpost.co.uk and lives in Newcastle with her rescue terrier Patch.

Natasha Newson - Specialist Advisor

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Natasha is our Specialist Advisor, supporting us with charity governance and funding.  


She is based in the North East and runs her own business development consultancy, Candour Collaborations, through which she has helped organisations of all shapes and sizes win over £150m of funding.

Caroline Scobie - Executive Veterinary Director

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Caroline qualified from the University of Edinburgh in 2010 and since then has been working for Westway Vets in Newcastle Upon Tyne.  She now works as a Clinical Director within this practice.  Caroline has a strong interest in medicine and last year achieved a post-graduate certificate in small animal medicine.  


She is currently Chairperson of the medicine board of VetPartners. 

Street Paws Trustees

Fiona Willis - Chair of Trustees

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Fiona is our trustee who leads and coordinates  the teams in Yorkshire. Fiona is a Senior Veterinary Receptionist and joined York Street Paws at the very beginning in February 2017.


Fiona attends the monthly outreach and supports the veterinary team and volunteers in her areas; York, Leeds and Wakefield

Rebecca Lawrence

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Rebecca is an RVN and Street Paws trustee who leads and coordinates the teams in Newcastle and Sunderland. Rebecca has been involved in charity work for several years and joined Street Paws in January 2017.  


Rebecca is passionate about the charity and is invaluable in her many fundraising ideas and activities. 

Rachel Bean

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Rachel is our trustee  and coordinator for Manchester. She is an RVN with a wealth of experience including canine behaviour, behaviour consulting at Soi Dog Foundation and teaching canine first aid.


Rachel helped set up operations in Manchester and provides support to the team in her area.

Leah Southern - Secretary

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Leah works in Port Operations and is a First Class BA (hons) MSc Business and Marketing Graduate. She is also a  trustee and the charities Secretary. Leah provides business and technical support to the charity, which has been instrumental and invaluable to Street Paws.


Leah regularly attends outreach in Newcastle. 

Sue McCabe

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Sue is a KCAI CD A* certified dog behaviourist with certificates in canine psychology and is a member of the association of pet dog trainers UK.


Sue's passion to help the homeless began many years ago in Ireland and she was keen to be a part of the board of trustees after judging our annual charity dog show.

James Collins - Treasurer

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James is originally from Edinburgh, but now lives in Gateshead and works as a financial analyst in Sunderland. He's worked in various roles in finance since 2005, and has been a CIMA Chartered Management Accountant since 2014. 


He's excited to be able to use the skills he's picked up in finance and accounting to support Street Paws grow and help as many animals as possible!